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Discover Southampton

The perfect home away from home, Southampton has everything you need to thrive as a student.

Freedom to explore and grow

Deciding where to live and study doesn’t come easy. You want somewhere you can put down roots while you’re at university; a place that feels like home. Our warm, welcoming city offers exactly that, along with the freedom to explore and grow in a way that suits you.

There’s room to breathe here, and you’ll never be far from another student. Our tree-lined campus is right in the heart of the city, so everything Southampton can offer is literally on your doorstep. With opportunities around every corner, and easy access to other places that might take your fancy for a day trip or getaway.

As the biggest city on the south coast, we’re a thriving hub for students – our top-10 place in the 2023 StudentCrowd Best Student Cities rankings says it all. We’re a perfect fusion of large but local, coastal but affordable, within easy reach of busy cities like London and Brighton - but far away enough to keep that cosy, friendly vibe.

Here, you’ll find friends, a city that provides a support network, and a sense of community. We’re warm and diverse; a city that is rightly proud of its student community. Whatever you’re looking for in your second home, you'll find it here.

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Freedom to explore and grow

Deciding where to live and study doesn’t come easy. You want somewhere you can put down roots while you’re at university; a place that feels like home. Our warm, welcoming city offers exactly that, along with the freedom to explore and grow in a way that suits you.

There’s room to breathe here, and you’ll never be far from another student. Our tree-lined campus is right in the heart of the city, so everything Southampton can offer is literally on your doorstep. With opportunities around every corner, and easy access to other places that might take your fancy for a day trip or getaway.

As the biggest city on the south coast, we’re a thriving hub for students – our top-10 place in the 2023 StudentCrowd Best Student Cities rankings says it all. We’re a perfect fusion of large but local, coastal but affordable, within easy reach of busy cities like London and Brighton - but far away enough to keep that cosy, friendly vibe.

Here, you’ll find friends, a city that provides a support network, and a sense of community. We’re warm and diverse; a city that is rightly proud of its student community. Whatever you’re looking for in your second home, you'll find it here.

Three female students walking through a park

A connected city

Southampton is a super accessible city, making it quick and easy to get around - perfect if you like to explore. Southampton Airport offers numerous domestic and international flights, we have excellent road connections via the M3 and M27 motorways, and frequent rail services run from Southampton Central Station to major destinations.

However you prefer to travel, you'll find commuting to campus or travelling home during holidays a breeze.

Discover our connections
  • Southampton is just 75 miles from London and is easily accessible via the M3 and M27 motorways.
  • Southampton has frequent trains from Southampton Central Station to London, the Midlands, and beyond.
  • The city is home to Southampton Airport, which offers regular domestic and international flights, ensuring convenient air travel.
  • Southampton's port is one of the busiest in the UK, serving as a major hub for cruise ships and ferries.

Exciting events

Southampton has a full calendar of events to enjoy all year round. The best part? Most of them are free. We’ve collated some of the exciting events you can expect to have on your doorstep when you live in the city.

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Going out guide

Night out or day trip? Whatever your vibe, Southampton has you covered. Explore our quick guide to some of the best ways to spend your free time.

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Reasons to love Southampton

We love our city – it’s a great place to live, study and work. Not convinced yet? We’ve brought the very best of Southampton together in one quick list, so dip in and find out why we love this special place.

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Shopping in the city

Big-name brands? Unique boutiques? Southampton’s your town for retail therapy. Whatever you’re looking for, from high-street classics to indie gems, there’s plenty to explore.